Note: I never realized that being fitted for dental appliances for sleep apnea would put someone at risk for viral infections. Alan
LONGVIEW — PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center announced in an April 5 press release that 260 former patients may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
While conducting an internal review of infection control practices, St. John staff discovered that equipment was not properly sterilized in a facility that fitted patients for dental appliances for sleep apnea. The potential exposures occurred between Nov. 18, 2013 and Feb. 26, 2016, according to the press release.
PeaceHealth sent notification letters by certified mail to all potentially affected patients. In the letter, the hospital offered to test anyone who may have been exposed for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. So far, no one has tested positive.